FRANKLIN, Tee. Bingo Love. illus. by Jenn St-Onge & Pleasure San. 88p. Picture. Feb. 2018. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781534307506.
Gr 7 Up –Franklin’s first full-length graphic novel follows a love story between two black girls. Hazel and Mari meet as youngsters in 1963 and change into quick buddies. A kiss in entrance of a church turns their relationship into one thing extra. Their romance blossoms till Mari’s grandmother catches the couple and her homophobia tears the 2 aside. As time passes, Hazel marries James and begins a household, and her sexuality turns into invisible to all however her. A serendipitous evening out on the bingo corridor reunites Hazel and Mari, who are actually of their 60s and have a second shot at love. Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, this roller-coaster romance is a strong tribute to social change throughout generations—and a reminder to at this time’s teenagers concerning the lengthy battle for LGBTQ rights. When Hazel comes out to her household as bisexual, James begins to disclose his personal hidden previous. The textual content directs readers to on-line bonus content material to search out out his secret—an pointless distraction from the honesty of the second and the in any other case sharp characterization. St-Onge’s artwork is cinematic and expressive, dropped at vivid life by San’s wealthy colours, and seamlessly related to Hazel’s emotional states. Scenes from the previous have a rosy high quality compared to the stark current. VERDICT This tender, superbly rendered coming-out story deserves a spot in all graphic novel collections.
This overview was revealed within the Faculty Library Journal June 2018 subject.